Devotional: Travailing prayer

We continue our study of the different ways the Holy Spirit helps us in prayer. Sometimes, He reminds us of God's promises in His Word and we pray: "Lord, let Your will be done according to your word..." At other times, the Holy Spirit guides us in prayer in words we don't understand with our mind - we pray in the spirit. Today we will look at another kind of prayer.

There was a great move of God in the year 1904 in the little country of Wales and the man whom God used as an instrument to bring about this tremendous revival was named Evan Roberts. But his brother recorded later that months before the revival broke out—they were of a poor family, they shared the same bed—he said night after night his brother would be writhing and groaning in his sleep, uttering terrible groans which the brother couldn’t understand. That was the travail of prayer that brought forth the Welsh revival.

In Romans 8:23 Paul speaks about this and he says:

And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves... (NAS)

He’s talking about a prayer that cannot just be expressed in words. It’s so deep, it goes so far beyond our natural understanding, that we just have to let the Holy Spirit travail through us. It’s very important to remember that in the kingdom of God there is no birth without travail, just as in the natural order.

So we have to learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit, how to let Him be effectively Lord in our prayer life. He is Lord and one of the areas in which we have to yield to His Lordship and trust him in faith is in the area of our prayer life.


Persistence in prayer can be what is needed for something new to be born.


Heavenly Father, thank You for revivals in the past. You deserve all the glory for it. It has changed my country and made a deep impact on the world. Help me to be an instrument of new revival, in our days now, through my prayers. Fill me anew with your Holy Spirit and teach me how to yield to Him in every area of my life. For the glory of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen. 


Olajumoke Ogunleye

Olajumoke Ogunleye

This is so timely. Thank you.

23 August 202110:59

Etubom Paul umoren

Etubom Paul umoren

I am blessed by your words thanks

29 October 20203:22

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